To the Memory of George Washington and His Lady by Peter S. Duval and Alfred M. Hoffey


This colored print shows three people, two women and a man, standing by a memorial urn depicting busts of George and Martha Washington. Mount Vernon is seen in the background with deer depicted on the grounds. It is one of many prints created as commemoratives created after the death of George Washington. This image also pays tribute to Martha Washington, who died in 1802.

This lithograph was produced by Peter S. Duval and Alfred M. Hoffy after an image by engraver/landscape painter Samuel Seymour (active 1796-1823) published in Philadelphia January 1, 1804 by John Savage. Numerous copies of this image were made into needlework pictures, other prints and supposedly a painting by John Trumbull were made based on this image. This print has minor changes from the original including more deer in the background. This print was published by T. O’Sullivan in 1840.

Peter Duval (ca. 1804/05-1886) was a French lithographer who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1831 to work for the lithographic firm of Childs & Inman. In 1837 he established his own lithographic firm in Philadelphia. During the 1840s, the firm's products included advertisements, book and periodical illustrations, sheet music covers, maps and portraits. By the end of that decade, Duval was winning awards for his work in chromolithography. He was also among the first to introduce steam power to the process of lithography. His son Stephen Orr Duval joined the company in 1858. The company headquarters suffered a disastrous fire in 1856 and Duval declared financial insolvency in 1859. However, he was able to reestablish his business, and he continued working till his retirement in 1869. Alfred M. Hoffy (ca. 1796-1892) was a British army officer who fought in the Battle of Waterloo before immigrating to New York in the 1830s. He worked in Philadelphia as an author, lithographic artist and publisher of lithographic periodicals between 1838 and 1868. Huffy issued the first illustrated American journal on fruit cultivation and was also designed plates for the military fashion periodical U.S. Military Magazine, which he published together with Peter Duval. Duval also produced Huffy's portraits, sheet music and advertising designs.

Date Made: 1840

Dedicated To: Washington, GeorgeWashington, MarthaPublisher: Sullivan, T.Lithographer: Duval, Peter S.Artist; Lithographer: Hoffy, Alfred M.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaDepicted: United States: Virginia, Mount Vernon

Subject: Architecture, Historic ResidencesChronology: 1840-1849Mourning


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.2930Catalog Number: 60.2930Accession Number: 228146

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 11 1/4 in x 16 1/2 in; 28.575 cm x 41.91 cm


Record Id: nmah_325212

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